Best locations to photograph DC - a final checklist

Last month I asked you to help me create the Ultimate Guide - Best Locations to Photograph DC. You provided a host of ideas during our Free Photo Webinar. Now I'd like your help again.


Here's a raw list of the locations we mentioned. Take a look and see if there is a location you think should be included. Did I miss anything?


Once I get your feedback, I'll add contact info for each of the locations, as well as tips and photos. 


Help me make this the most comprehensive guide a DC photographer could want. 



National Mall

  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Reflecting Pool
  • The Einstein Memorial - National Academy of Sciences
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)
  • Three Soldiers - Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Wall - Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • National World War II Memorial -- at night
  • National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  • The U.S Capitol
    • The west side at night - reflecting pool
    • From the balcony of the Newseum
    • The East side from the Supreme Court steps
    • Pennsylvania Ave toward the Capitol at night


Tidal Basin 

  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


Arlington National Cemetery

  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame
  • Section 60
  • Burials - Caisson horse drawn casket



  • Georgetown
    • C&O Canal
    • Washington Harbour
    • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Dupont Circle
  • U Street Corridor
    • Murals & alleys
    • Cultural Tourism DC - Greater U Street Heritage Trail
  • Adams Morgan
  • Capitol Hill
  • Chinatown
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Old Town Alexandria, VA
  • Old Town Fredericksburg, VA
  • Old Town Frederick, MD


 Area Attractions

  • Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • National Harbor
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Union Station
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air & Space Museum
  • Great Falls Park, VA
  • Rock Creek Park
  • United States Air Force Memorial
  • Iwo Jima - Marine Corps War Memorial
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
  • Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building
  • Meridian Hill Park (Malcolm X Park)
    • Drum Circle
    • Yoga in the Park
  • Old Post Office Pavillion & Tower
  • Eastern Market
  • Farmer's Markets
  • C&O Canal in Georgetown
  • DC skyline from Iwo Jima
  • Manassass National Battlefield Park
  • Gravelly Point Park
  • Maine Avenue Fish Market
  • Anacostia River Boat Rides
  • Kennedy Center balcony
  • National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Franciscan Monastery 
  • University campuses
    • Georgetown University
    • Catholic University of America
      • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    • Howard University


 Gardens & Nature

  • Brookside Gardens
    • Wings of Fancy
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 
  • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
  • US Botanical Gardens
  • US National Arboretum
  • McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields
  • Huntley Meadows Park
  • Lavender Farms 


Abandoneds & Ruins

  • St. Elizabeths Hospital
  • National Park Seminary
  • Fort Washington Park, MD


Surrounding Region

  • Fells Point Neighborhood, Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD
  • B&O Railroad Museum
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge
  • Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse - Annapolis
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • HonFest in Balmer
  • Dinosaur Land, VA


Day Trip

  • Virginia Wineries and Vineyards
  • Chincoteague Island
  • Historic Covered bridges of Frederick County, MD
  • Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
  • Devil's Bathtub & Waterfall
  • Deep Creek Lake (Garret County, MD)
  • Cumberland, MD
  • Bull Riding Rodeos (Central Virginia)
  • Longwood Gardens (Kennet Square, PA)
  • Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA) 



  • Cherry Blossom Festival - spring
  • Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips, Holland in Haymarket, VA - spring
  • County Fairs - summer
  • Skyline Drive - fall
  • Rock Creek Park - fall
  • Fall Festival - fall
  • Holiday Lights - winter




That's the full list... so far. What would you add and why? Let me know in the comments.


Stay tuned for the guide!